2014 CLYLP COMCAST FELLOWS
The CLYLP Comcast Fellowship was established in 2009 to give CLYLP Alumni hands-on experience inside state government. Fellows have interned for legislative offices, legislative committees and executive offices.
Office of Senator Darrell Steinberg
University of California, Santa Cruz, Sophomore
CLYLP Los Angeles Institute 2011
Cecilia grew up in East Los Angeles, California. She recently completed her first year at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she plans to major in Legal Studies with an Education Minor. Since her experience at the 2011 CLYLP Los Angeles Institute, Cecilia has actively been involved with the Latino community in both Huntington Park and Santa Cruz. On campus, Cecilia is a member of Mock Trial where she continuously improves her public speaking skills and participates in mock debates and hearings. Off campus, Cecilia volunteers at a local high school working with Latino youth who are native Spanish-language speakers, and she provides them with information about the college admissions process. She also volunteers to help legal permanent residents who wish to become U.S. citizens prepare for the citizenship process. Cecilia’s dedication in helping bridge the educational gap between affluent and underserved communities is directly related to her experience with the CLYLP. As a peer counselor at the Sacramento Leadership Conference, she gained further insight on how to help Latino youth in her community become successful in any future endeavors they may pursue. In 2013 she became the first recipient of the CLYLP Sal Castro Memorial Scholarship. Building on her personal involvement with the Latino community, Cecilia now wishes to become further involved in the larger movement for educational equity. She hopes to use the Comcast Fellowship as an opportunity for political growth and development.
Maite Cortes Garcia
Office of Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Pitzer College, Sophomore
CLYLP Sacramento Leadership Conference 2011
Maite received the prestigious Arnaldo Rodriguez Scholarship that garnered an all-expenses paid education at Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges. She is double majoring in Neuroscience and Ethnic studies. After completing her freshman year, Maite’s passion for medicine and education flourished and she became an agent of change in the Greater Los Angeles area. She helped found the Minorities in Medicine club on campus and became part of IDEAS and the Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition where she continues to fight alongside the undocumented community to obtain medical coverage through Senate Bill 1005. With her involvement with the Community Engagement Center at Pitzer College, Maite worked with a group of social justice activists to organize a Futbol es Vida soccer tournament for jornaleros and raised over $2,000 for DACA scholarships. Maite is also a STEM tutor, ESL teacher at the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, and a member of the Global Local Mentorship and Summer Science Immersion Program, where she is a Peer Mentor. She aspires to attend graduate school and Medical School with the hope of being a social justice activist in medicine and education. Maite is an alumnus of the 2011 CLYLP Sacramento Leadership Conference and hopes to guide underrepresented communities in gaining political representation as a Comcast Fellow.
Office of Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra
Loyola Marymount University, Senior
CLYLP Sacramento Leadership Conference 2008
Eduardo credits CLYLP with instilling in him a strong sense of agency and leadership. After participating in the 2008 Sacramento Leadership Conference, Eduardo completed an associate’s degree from Ventura College and transferred to Loyola Marymount University in 2012, receiving a scholarship from the LMU Latino Alumni Association. He is majoring in Political Science and Sociology, and is also a Chivas USA/IME Becas Scholar. His many extra-curricular activities include the Latino Business Student Association, LMU Transfer Friends, and Latino Student Union where he holds the position of Vice President, and tutoring LMU service employees and their families through the student-run collective program Tutoring Tomorrow Today. Eduardo completed an internship with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked alongside emergency responders and public officials. His non-profit volunteer experience extends to a multitude of organizations such as the National Kidney Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, The National Cancer Association, and Done Vida California, where he serves as Media Ambassador promoting organ and tissue donation. Eduardo is excited to be a part of the CLYLP Comcast Fellowship and is eager to gain a greater understanding of California’s political landscape. Immediately after completing the fellowship he will travel to Bonn, Germany to round off his undergraduate studies with courses in business and political science. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue his graduate studies in public policy or public administration. Eduardo was born and raised in Fillmore, California.
Office of Assemblymember Luis Alejo
Harvard University, Sophomore
CLYLP Sacramento Leadership Conference 2012
Elizabeth Huber grew up in Camarillo, California. She will be entering her second year at Harvard University, where she is planning to pursue a degree in History and Literature. At Harvard, she became an active member of Strong Women Strong Girls (SWSG), a multi-generational mentoring program that fosters leadership skills, a sense of female community, and a commitment to service among three generations: elementary-school girls, undergraduate women, and professional women. Through this organization, she mentors a group of girls once a week with her three other co-mentors at a school in Boston’s China Town. She has also worked on the Field Trip Committee and the Fund Raising Committee for SWSG, and was elected as the Financial Coordinator for this upcoming year. She will also be volunteering as a peer educator for mental health as a Student Mental Health Liaison (SMHL) in the upcoming year. She spends her other free time at school with clubs like Veritas Finanical Group, Fuerza, and the Harvard Radcliffe Film Club. As an alumnus of the 2012 Sacramento Leadership Conference, Elizabeth credits her experience with sparking an interest in education reform and an ambition to go on to law school and use her degree to empower others through the justice system. She hopes to implement the skills she learns as a Comcast Fellow during her time at Harvard and beyond.
Office of Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez
University of California, Irvine, Junior
CLYLP Sacramento Leadership Conference 2011
Born and raised in Oakland, Jessica is a first generation college student beginning her third year at UC Irvine as a political science major. She participates in many campus activities while working part time at the local Zot-n-Go. She volunteers with several university programs that help students acclimate to college life, such as the UCI English Conversational Program to help international students develop their English language skills, the UCI Bay Area Chicano/Latino Admitted Students Reception, and mentors other students as part of the Undecided/Unaffiliated Mentorship Program to guide freshman and transfer students in finding campus resources and selecting majors. Jessica holds an executive board position for Dreamers at UCI, a student group offering resources to and awareness of the needs of Dreamer students, and is the communications intern for Mesa Unida. This past year she earned a certification of completion for her leadership demonstration and involvement. In her spare time she plays on the campus intramural volleyball team. Jessica is very thrilled to have been chosen for this year's Comcast Fellowship. Her career goals are to become an influential Latina legislator by helping the minority community in the United States.
Office of Senate Pro Tem, Kevin de Leon
Wellesley College, Junior
CLYLP Los Angeles Institute 2011
Rocio, a native of East Los Angeles, recently completed her second year at Wellesley College and has already earned numerous awards and honors for her political activism and scholarship. She interned at the District Office of U.S. Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano and in 2010, was sponsored as a U.S. House of Representatives Page for the 111th Congress. Since 2010, Rocio has been a Teen Broadcast Citizen Journalist for Global Girl Media, working with girls from South Africa, Morocco, and the U.S. Rocio serves as a Senator in college government, representing various Latina organizations. She is currently a Youth Champion for the United Nations Foundation Campaign called Girl Up, providing aid to girls living in developing countries, and has traveled to Ethiopia to meet girls living in refugee camps. Rocio presented a TED talk at the 2012 TEDxYouth@SanDiego Conference about her international community work, and garnered the Teen Nickelodeon HALO Award in 2013. This summer she completed a fellowship with Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez. A 2012 Coca-Cola scholar, she is double majoring in Political Science and Latin American Studies and plans to continue working with girls living in developing countries while completing her undergraduate degree. She hopes to attend law school and run for elected office. Rocio is a 2011 CLYLP Alumnus of the Los Angeles Institute, and was a 2012 CLYLP Intern. As a Comcast Fellow, Rocio hopes to gain professional experience and deep knowledge of state politics.
Office of Assemblymember Tom Daly
California State University, Sacramento, Senior
Sacramento Leadership Conference 2010
Anabel Urbina is a 2010 alumni of the CLYLP Sacramento Leadership Conference and volunteered as a peer counselor in 2012. She is an incoming senior at California State University, Sacramento double majoring in Government and Spanish. While attending CSU Sacramento, she was a member of Mujeres Ayudando La Raza where she was the treasurer. She is also an active member of the Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority and was the Scholarship Director and treasurer for the largest Greek Council, United Sorority and Fraternity Council. She was elected to be the president for the United Sorority and Fraternity Council this upcoming academic year. Most recently she was an intern in the office of Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui at her district office in Sacramento. Anabel has also participated in numerous volunteer opportunities such as the Hispanic Scholarship Foundation Second Year Mentorship Program in 2012, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk in 2012 and 2013, and in Consulado Movil in Eureka, California. Anabel was born and raised in Fortuna, California before moving to Sacramento for college. As a Comcast Fellow, Anabel is looking forward to learning about California’s legislative process and gain professional experience.